I made my first grand tour of Europe in 1971.  Six weeks circuit of western Europe with my Eurail Pass at a time when you could do Europe on $10 a day.  I never spent more than two nights in any one location, so I had just a cursory glance of each city where I stopped.  More than halfway through my trip I traveled by train from Venice to Vienna.  En route I found myself gaping out the window at the most beautiful landscape I had ever seen.  I would learn later that this was the area of Italy dominated by the Dolomites, stark white mountains surrounded by lush green valleys.  I made a promise to myself that if I ever came that way again I would get off the train.  Fast forward to 2013.  I am no longer the naive 23-year old.  I will be 65 when I revisit this area this summer making a week long hike through the Dolomites, the Trentino and Alto Adige regions of northern Italy.  So close to the Austrian border that German is more commonly spoken than Italian.  Funny. It has taken me 42 years to make good on that promise and I plan to relish every second of my journey.



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  1. The Rented Home March 25, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    Dear Rosemarie, I am nominating you for the Liebster Blog Award. I find you very inspiring and I wish for others to follow you on your journey to Europe to visit your past and make new memories. I hope you will accept this nomination. Please follow the link


    Best wishes on your journey.



    • Rosemarie March 25, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

      Thank you so much, Constance, for recommending me for the Liebster Award. I gladly accept. I am so new to the blog world. I am not sure how to go about accepting this and putting the award on my blog. Is there a certain amount of time allowed to carry out all of the questions and further recommendations? Thank you for your vote of confidence and your help. Sincerely, Rosemarie

      • The Rented Home March 25, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

        Your very welcome and it is much deserved. I am pretty new also and I figured it out and it really was not hard as long as I look at it like I was making a new post or page. I did make mine as a new page. Create a title, copy and paste what you need to then fill in your part. Save as you go it takes a bit of time, or at least it did for me I have three kids and one just started walking last week. Then copy the image out the image into your text. To save the award as a widget once you post your new page click on the image. This will give you your URL. Go to Settings – widget – add an image widget and put in your URL and save this will put on one of your pages permanently. Just play with it and it will work for you. Do not stress just have fun with it and no deadline. Best wishes for you.

      • Rosemarie March 25, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

        Thank you so much, Constance. You are an inspiration. I do have a question for you as someone living in Qatar. Do you have to wear specific attire when you go out in public (hijab) or is that not necessary? I tend to think of all middle Eastern countries as having strict guidelines for women’s clothing. Once again, thank you for the nomination and thank you for taking the time to explain. Rosemarie

      • The Rented Home March 25, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

        I am happy you asked. I wear western clothing and are not expected to wear any specific items, thank goodness because that would make it very difficult for me because I love fashion and I do not like to layer! We just must be respectful not to show our shoulders or knees, but I see other expats doing so with no problems, but as a respect I do not. My 14 year daughter has issues with it, but I like that I have excuses for her to dress more moderately then girls may dress in the US.

  2. oldgirlnewtricks March 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    I agree. It is beautiful! Enjoy!

  3. Elyse March 25, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    Rosemarie, I envy you — I lived in Geneva for 5 years and the mountains? The mountains always make me feel like Julie Andrews!

    Thanks for the follow and I look forward to reading about your adventure.

    • Rosemarie March 25, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

      Thank you for the like. I am new to blogging and I enjoy connecting with people around the world.

  4. 1cruzdelsur March 27, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    Interesting and beautiful occasion to show your dream and your future trip. Best of luck.

    • Rosemarie March 27, 2013 at 10:26 pm #

      I love the photos on your blog. EstudiE espaNol hace muchos aNos en la escuela, tambiEn en 2008 y 2009 en la universidad donde yo enseNo y en las ciudades de Puebla y Guanajuato en Mexico. Me gusta mucho las montaNas de Patagonia y me gustarIa viajar a Argentina y Chile.

  5. hughcurtler April 1, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    Thanks for following my blog. I will be sure to check yours out on a regular basis!

  6. creativecricket April 1, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

    Thank you so much for your kind words about my gourds. Wishing you a wonderful trip this year. Can’t wait to read about it. Be Blessed in The Lord. Cricket Cain

  7. Some Photos & Fancies April 7, 2013 at 3:00 am #

    Thank you for following my blog – I feel honored.

  8. Lynne Ayers April 7, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    1973 – I was 24, standing above the harbour in Monte Carlo, gazing out at the spectacular view and all the cruise ships, and my husband said, one day we will return on one of those. Fast forward through a life to 2002 … My return to Europe after 29 years was WONderful and I did indeed sail in on one of those ships. Revisiting places I had been. The most poignant, for me – as a young 20-something, newly married, yet childless I stood in St-Peter’s Basilica in Rome, enthralled and moved to tears by Michelangelo’s Pieta. In 2002, now over 50, a mother, and a grandmother and a lot of life packed in between I stood, enthralled and moved to tears, again. We did 3 months back in 73, tenting and doing twice what Frommer predicted but keeping it to about $20/day. We have made several trips back since 2002 and departing for Northern Europe in 2 weeks time. Have a GLORIOUS time, Rosemarie, enjoy some poignant moments and new experiences and let us see some photos on your return. Bon Voyage!

    • Rosemarie April 7, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

      Lynne, Thank you for your thoughts on your return visit and your well wishes for mine. This is something that has been on my bucket list for a long time. It is very important to me to go back and relive and revisit those places and events from my past. The hike in the Dolomites is also a challenge for myself. And yes, there will be pictures. That was the whole reason for starting the blog. Then I discovered to my surprise that I really loved blogging and connecting with like-minded people all over the world. My world expands as I sit at my kitchen counter. Thank you again for your message. It means a lot to me. Rosemarie

  9. Angeline M April 8, 2013 at 3:15 am #

    This is so wonderful that you are doing this. I saw the Dolomites on a trip to Italy in 2001, which was my first trip back to Europe since my month in Paris in 1967. Now, I have to go back….it is so beautiful there.

    • Angeline M April 8, 2013 at 3:18 am #

      PS: Thanks for the follow on my blog. I’m looking forward to your prep and trip.

  10. Reggie April 8, 2013 at 6:23 am #

    This is such a fabulous idea – best of luck with your travel plans, Rosemarie! Good that you’re training for your upcoming hike, as it looks quite strenuous in those mountains. I look forward to reading more. Bye for now!

  11. pommepal April 9, 2013 at 4:22 am #

    I’m pleased to find your site and I will certainly be watching with interest your trip. I had a 3 week Cosmos tour round 9 countries in 1990. It really is a tease and makes you want more. Not sure if I will make it back so will follow along with you in cyberspace. Go girl and enjoy every moment

  12. ostranderbellepoint April 10, 2013 at 2:20 am #

    I love that picture. So beautiful; it must be breathtaking in real life!

  13. hitandrun1964 April 11, 2013 at 2:23 am #

    I love it when dreams come true….

  14. fgassette April 13, 2013 at 5:01 am #

    Welcome! Thank you for subscribing to follow my blog. I hope you are encouraged, inspired and enjoy the photos I take of life’s events as seen through the lens of my camera.

  15. thinkvisual April 14, 2013 at 5:20 am #

    cool blog. cool idea. have a great time, keep posting!

  16. lagottocattleya April 14, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    What a great idea to blog about! I hope you will have a wonderful trip to savour and enjoy, and I’m sure you will – now that you finally get there. Thank you also for the follow on my blog – I hope you will not be disappointed. I’m looking forward to your adentures in Europe!

  17. Sartenada April 19, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    Great photo. Life starts at 65. Next month I am 69; I know from what I am talking!

    • Rosemarie April 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

      I am delighted to get to know you. Are you the quilter? I loved your post with the photos of the all the quilts and I even saved some of them to keep in my own collection. Such beautiful work!

      • Sartenada April 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

        Hi. I am not quilter, but my wife quilts occasionally. We visit in many quilt shows in Finland together and I love colorful and artistic quilts very much. Next week I’ll post a quilting post.

        Happy Friday!

      • Rosemarie April 19, 2013 at 12:53 pm #


  18. dadirri7 April 20, 2013 at 1:50 am #

    i look forward to your travel posts Rosemarie, and it seems we are the same age, both privileged to be able to go to wonderful places …. we have a son in Paris at the moment so we have been to Europe a few times lately … but we remember vividly travelling for 6 months from Scotland the Crete and back in a campervan with three little boys in 1979 … now our travel is shorter and smoother … this year we are off to the north of Australia to visit the Kimberley for 5 weeks … will be thinking of you walking in the Dolomites … it will be glorious!

  19. Linda Arthur Tejera April 22, 2013 at 1:26 pm #

    Hi, Rosemarie! I’m looking forward to following your trip. It looks like we’re about the same age — I sure wish I was going with you! 🙂 Thanks for visiting my blog.

    • Rosemarie April 22, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

      I’m learning to ipad so I can bring everyone along with me. 🙂

  20. gallivance.net April 24, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    Rosemarie, What a wonderful adventure you have planned! That area of the world is beyond gorgeous. I saw that you’re taking an iPad on your trip – that’s great. We recently did an around-the-world trip and blogged with our iPad. You’ll be so glad you have it. Wishing you all the best, Terri

    • Rosemarie April 24, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

      Thank you so much. I’m getting a nod from the experts.

  21. kai May 2, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

    Wonderful! Enjoy each moment! We are about to head out for some more hanging in nature in the southwest U.S., having recently returned from India. It looks like a fantastic landscape you will be tromping through. May you be filled by the silent wonder of Nature reflecting your real-Self…in peace….and thanks for the “like”…..kai

    • Rosemarie May 2, 2013 at 8:08 pm #

      Thank you so much for the travel wishes. I hope to be surrounded by the silent wonder of Nature. Enjoy your southwest travels also.

  22. kai May 3, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    Thanks for the follow Rosemarie….all the best as the winds carry you……

  23. ladyofthecakes May 7, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    Noch ein Monat 😉 Wie lang wirst Du in Europa unterwegs sein?

  24. mamacormier May 10, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    Rosemarie I’ve nominated you for a Bouquet of Awards at http://mamacormier.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/more-awards-thank-you/. If you choose to accept, feel free to cut and paste whatever you need from the post to make the process easier! If not, know that your blog is well appreciated and a source of inspiration to me. Carol

    • Rosemarie May 10, 2013 at 9:59 pm #

      Carol, I certainly appreciate the nomination and the compliment. I have received several other nominations. Though at first I was planning on following through, I find I have not had the time or the motivation to carry through with the requirements. But please know that I appreciate your interest in my blog, as I appreciate yours. Thank you.

  25. Jude May 11, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    Hi Rosemarie, and many thanks for the ‘like’ and for the follow on my blog ‘A Red Waterproof jacket’. I should mention that that blog was only set up to help promote my book. I don’t add any posts to it any more. I do have a general blog about allsorts at https://thewriterinthewoods.wordpress.com/
    Love your intro here and so glad you’re fulfilling your promise to yourself to come back to the Dolomites. I was 65 this year too – but never expected to be living in France! have a super trip. 🙂

    • Rosemarie May 11, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

      Thank you. And I have found your other blog already and am following.

  26. Memory Catcher May 11, 2013 at 1:38 pm #

    Have a wonderful and beautiful journey. Thank you for liking my blog today! Sally

    • Rosemarie May 11, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

      Thank you for visiting my blog. I paid a visit back to yours and will be following.

  27. Jennifer's Journal May 12, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

    Hi there, Rosemarie. Thank you so much for following my blog. We visited Italy and France two summers ago and I shared many of the photos in my journal, including several days’ stay in the northern Italian town of Stresa-Baveno. I will be back to see how your trip is going. Cheers!

    • Rosemarie May 12, 2013 at 11:34 pm #

      I will check out your journal of your stay in Italy. Thanks for reminding me.

  28. Ruby May 17, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    Hi Rosemarie! I’ve enjoyed reading your posts and look forward to seeing what’s to come! I’ve nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogging Award. You can see the post here: http://meyouandzu.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/our-super-sweet-blogging-award/

    • Rosemarie May 17, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

      Thank you so much for honoring me with that nomination. I truly appreciate the compliment. I have decided, however, to be an award free blog. Your visits and comments are enough for me. Again, I thank you heartily.

  29. Shane Francescut May 25, 2013 at 12:48 am #

    I’ve done the Salzburg to Venice train trip and agree that the scenery is absolutely out of this world. I also noticed a a major difference in the quality and promptness (or lack) of the trains between the two countries.

    • Rosemarie May 25, 2013 at 1:01 am #

      Well, I will be making that train trip in reverse. I assume things will become more timely as I head north.

  30. dnikias May 26, 2013 at 4:22 am #

    Just wanted to say THANKS for the follow and all the positive feedback!
    Looking forward to getting more into your blog when my home internet issues are resolved.

    • Rosemarie May 26, 2013 at 4:41 am #

      You’re welcome. I enjoy your photo concepts.

  31. dnikias May 26, 2013 at 4:48 am #

    I like your characterization of “photo concepts”. Primarily I’m a painter and printmaker, one of my several intentions with the photo work is to find abstractions that are painterly in nature so, “concept” is quite appropriate. Thanks again!

  32. budgeteurotrip May 26, 2013 at 8:10 am #

    It doesnt matter how long it took…thanks for passing by my blog. I hope you can still travel around Europe, many other regions and cities are waiting for you 🙂

  33. Chris Breebaart May 28, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Thanks for following my blog

  34. Kristin May 29, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

    I just nominated you for the Liebster Award – and realized when opening this page, you have been nominated already!
    You can find the link here: http://expatiallymexico.wordpress.com/2013/05/29/and-the-oscar-goes-to/
    Double Congratulations!

    • Rosemarie May 29, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

      Kristin, I thank you so much for the nomination. It is true I have been nominated before, and because of my work and time commitments, I have realized I don’t have the time to do all the research required for the award. I have decided to be an award free blog. I hope you will understand, but I certainly do thank you for your vote of confidence and your interest. Sincerely, Rosemarie

  35. Sue June 12, 2013 at 8:57 pm #

    Hi Rosemary – thanks for dropping by ‘Garretts on the Road’ – just read your about and discovered you live in St Louis, Missouri – small world! My brother lives there too… 🙂
    Hope you have fun on your trip and I look forward to reading about it…Sue

    • Rosemarie June 12, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

      Thank you. It’s my big adventure to celebrate 65.

  36. KG June 15, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    Hi Rosemary, Thanks for visiting my blog. I just a 10 day Europe trip a month ago and I am smitten. Glad to hear that you are doing this adventure. All the very best and Have a blast.

    • KG June 15, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

      I just did a 10 day Europe trip. Got a typo..Arrgh!!!

    • Rosemarie June 15, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

      High adventure. Three weeks in Europe including a weeklong hike in the Dolomites. Making up for lost time. My last trip was 38 years ago.

      • KG June 15, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

        Better late than never 🙂 Wish I could do it in a few years from now.

      • Rosemarie June 15, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

        I waited and waited. And then I thought, What am I waiting for? If I don’t go now, time will catch up with me. Your time to travel there will come. Rosemarie

  37. jlpiallat June 22, 2013 at 5:11 am #

    I love your blogs, your photos are very beautiful. I’ll be back… I also have a second blog on old pictures.
    SENSUALITE | La beauté à l’état pure

    • Rosemarie June 22, 2013 at 11:21 am #

      Thank you very much. I am in Switzerland now, but my suitcase did not arrive with me. I am hoping that SwissAir finds it soon.

      • jlpiallat June 22, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

        I hope that here you will find! Your suitcase… To seeing you again on my blog…

  38. magreenlee July 21, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    Hi Rosemarie, nice blog. I will enjoy reading about your journey.

  39. lagottocattleya October 26, 2013 at 6:17 pm #

    Hi there! I have put your name forward for this blogging competition – hope you want to enter because there are nice rewards…Good Luck! 31 October last day.

  40. Capt Jill February 23, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    Hi Rosemarie,
    You sure take some gorgeous pictures. I’m glad you got to revisit the area you missed before.
    Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you liked it. 🙂


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